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Circa 1886 Restaurant

149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
+1 843-853-7828
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Overview
  • Excellent82%
  • Very good12%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“amuse bouche” (40 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
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149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We have dined at Circa 1886 a number of times. Shortly after your visit you will receive their e-survey about your dining experience. Top rating is “Exceeded Expectations”. Our response now is it’s impossible for your service, menu, preparation or a dining experience to exceed...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank JohnG170
Reviewed 3 days ago

It was busy but the people were very friendly. It was a very nice atmosphere. The food including dessert was outstanding as was the waitress.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Charles B
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I dined at Circa 1886 on Monday December 5th. The fact that it was packed on a Monday evening is testimony to how well the restaurant is regarded. We were served a complimentary amuse-bouche that was incredible followed by an appetizer of...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank robp28461
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for sharing about your experience at Circa 1886. We are thrilled to read that you enjoyed every course and that you found your dinner to be exceptional. Our chefs work very hard to create dishes that will delight and impress, and we are...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and had dinner here while in Charleston...... food and service were incredible. Save room for dessert because it will blow you away!More

Date of visit: November 2018
2  Thank gbonv
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Circa 1886. We strive to provide unique delicious dinners that leave our guests satisfied, and it is great to hear that this was the case with your experience. We hope to have the chance...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This hidden gem is worth checking out. Behind the beautiful Wentworth Mansion is this wonderful spot. White table clothes, excellent service and great food abounds. Casual to nice dress everywhere. Prices are high end but not over priced. Could be a special occasion spot or...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank 513alleng
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your experience at Circa 1886. Thank you for your kind remarks to our staff and overall atmosphere. It is an honor to stand out for service and gourmet cuisine. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again. Sincerely, Richard...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I dined here for our 25th anniversary, and it was a wonderful experience. We knew it would be on the expensive side, but it was well worth the cost. The food was terrific, and the chef was very attentive to making the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Terry E
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for choosing to celebrate such a special occasion at Circa 1886. We are delighted to read that you found both the service and food to be exceptional. Our Chef works diligently to create memorable and delicious dishes and we are so glad you...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and i were in Charleston for an anniversary get away and had an amazing dinner at Circa 1886. I will preface by saying that we are from NYC eat out at a lot of restaurants and my husband does a lot of entertaining...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank GiannaP161
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of Circa 1886. We are thrilled that you chose to dine with us for such a special evening. It is great to hear that you took advantage of the Chef’s Tasting Menu and enjoyed the selections. Our...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had great expectations which were, sadly, not met.... Starter of 61 degree egg with asparagus, pureed salsify and hazelnuts was rather tasteless; there was very little asparagus and the salsify was not nice- it doesn't work being pureed - the taste and lovely texture get...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank AJCG
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing feedback about your experience at Circa 1886. While we are pleased to read your compliments to the dessert, we are very sorry that your appetizer did not exceed your expectations. We wish we had the opportunity to know that you did...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We chose this restaurant based on other tripadvisor reviews and were not disappointed. The restaurant is located in the stable house of the Wentoworth mansion. It is a little tricky to get to the restuarnat, but a plus is that you walk through the front...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Marsha F
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for spending an evening with us at Circa 1886! Our staff is dedicated to delivering true Southern hospitality, so we are thrilled to read such wonderful feedback. I'm glad to hear that you and your husband enjoyed your dinner, especially the mushroom bourginoine....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We're a group of four couples who meet annually at a venue planned by one couple rotating each year. Each visit includes a dress up dinner at a "white table cloth" restaurant and more often then not the chef's tasting menu and wine pairing. This,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank CJ J
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Circa 1886. We are thrilled that your dinner with us was so memorable. It is great to hear that you took advantage of the Chef’s Tasting Menu and enjoyed the selections. We take great...More

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Paradise46117
20 September 2018|
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Response from planningpro | Reviewed this property |
not a strict dress code, but many people wear jackets.
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abbigailruiz1
27 April 2017|
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Response from OwnerCharmingInns | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. We have an outdoor patio that can certainly accommodate dogs. Unfortunately, the patio is not available during inclement weather, so please call ahead to guarantee availability.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$25 - US$45
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
17:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
17:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
17:30 - 21:30
Thursday
17:30 - 21:30
Friday
17:30 - 21:30
Saturday
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
    (Smith)
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 843-853-7828
  • E-mail
Description
Chef Marc Collins draws inspiration from many cuisines around the world to create a menu that is truly unique to the Charleston restaurant scene. Drawing inspiration from historic Southern dishes and always highlighting what is local and in season, Chef Collins puts a healthful, distinctive spin on classic Lowcountry dishes. This means there is less butter and cream than typically seen on Southern menus. Whole grains are incorporated to dishes and ingredients are used at the peak of flavor. The result is satisfying dishes that retain their bright, bold flavors without the large amounts of fat found in many restaurant dishes. From our Plantation Rice Bread Rolls made in house daily, to the selection of local seafood, to Pastry Chef Lovorn’s incredible desserts, each dinner at Circa 1886 celebrates the region we call home. Let our professional, attentive, experienced and knowledgeable staff guide you through the menu and help select a wine that is a perfect pairing for food and budget.
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